At Least Six People Killed, Dozens Injured Following Attack in London

Published June 4th, 2017 - 07:10 GMT
Police officers and members of the emergency services attend to a person injured in a terror attack on London Bridge in central London on June 3, 2017. (AFP/ Daniel Sorabji)
Police officers and members of the emergency services attend to a person injured in a terror attack on London Bridge in central London on June 3, 2017. (AFP/ Daniel Sorabji)

At least six people were killed and more than 30 treated in hospital after terrorists ploughed a van into pedestrians on London Bridge and then stabbed people at nearby bars and restaurants late Saturday.

Three attackers, who were wearing fake explosive suicide vests, were also shot dead by police, the Metropolitan Police said.

"At this stage, we believe that six people have died in addition to the three attackers shot dead by police," said Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley, who is also Britain's counter-terrorism chief.

The suspects crashed a van into pedestrians on London Bridge before attacking people at nearby bars and restaurants, Rowley said.

Armed officers shot dead three attackers within eight minutes of police receiving the first emergency calls on the terrorist attacks in central London late Saturday, he said.

The first calls came after the attackers drove a van into pedestrians on London Bridge before they stabbed people at nearby Borough Market, Rowley said.

"Armed officers responded very quickly and bravely, confronting three male suspects who were shot and killed in Borough Market," he said.

Peter Rhodes, assistant director of operations for London Ambulance Service, said his staff had taken more than 30 patients to five London hospitals.

"A number of other patients were treated for less serious injuries at the scene," Rhodes said. "Our thoughts are with everyone affected."

"Over 80 of our medics have responded to this incident, including ambulance crews, advanced paramedics, specialist response teams and an advanced trauma team from London's air ambulance," he said.

Witnesses told The Guardian newspaper they saw two men stabbing people outside the popular Roast restaurant in Borough Market.

"I saw two [men] with big knives downstairs outside Roast," a chef from a nearby restaurant told the newspaper.

"They were stabbing people... We were shouting 'stop, stop' and people threw chairs at them," the chef said. "Police came and shot [the attackers] straight away."

Prime Minister Theresa May called it a "terrible incident" and expressed "huge gratitude" to police and emergency services.

London mayor Sadiq Khan said he planned to attend a meeting early Sunday of the government's Cobra emergency committee, which is expected to be chaired by May.

"We don't yet know the full details, but this was a deliberate and cowardly attack on innocent Londoners and visitors to our city enjoying their Saturday night," Khan said.

"There is no justification whatsoever for such barbaric acts," he said.

A taxi driver told London radio station LBC he saw three men get out of a crashed van armed with long knives and then "went randomly along Borough High Street stabbing people at random."

BBC reporter Holly Jones, who was on the bridge, said she saw a van driven by a man and "probably travelling at about 50 miles an hour."

"He swerved right round me and then hit about five or six people," Jones told the broadcaster.


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